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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Make Your Own Vanilla Extract *UPDATE* on: November 27, 2010 11:41:10 AM
I am a chemistry nerd, and while I'm sure no one else really cares, the polyphenol is from the alcohol. Anything chemistry related that ends in "-ol" is a type of alcohol.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jake from Adventure Time Long Scarf!! on: November 09, 2010 12:28:50 PM
This is fantastic! So cute! I for sure would be happy to get this as a present!

I've been on a huge Adventure Time binge recently. I made the standard Finn hat (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364090.0) and also a stuffed Lumpy Space Princess for a friend's birthday(http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=364145.0). Are there any Adventure Time swaps going on? That would be so much fun!
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Adventure Time Hat! on: November 07, 2010 10:39:54 AM
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lumpy Space Princess (LUMP OFF!) on: November 06, 2010 11:13:50 PM
A good friend of mine's birthday is a couple weeks, so I knew I needed to make him a gift on the cheap side that would still be fantastic. We are both maybe a little obsessed with the childrens' show "Adventure Time", and find Lumpy Space Princess to be pretty fantastic, so I decided to make him a lumpy space princess stuffed animal.

1. I have no idea what a 21 year old man is going to do with a stuffed animal of a princess
2. I don't care
3. I know she is not perfect, but I like her.

I used about 1/2 a yard of purple fleece and some black and yellow felt, as well as some cheap filling. All in all, this cost me about $8 to make, and I still have more than half the stuffing left as well as fleece and felt scraps that are big enough to use in the future.

It was a pretty simple process. I drew out her shape onto the purple felt, cut it out, hand sewed her face on, sewed and stuffed the arms, attached them to the body, and then sewed and stuffed the body. Her arms are pretty long because I wanted them to be able to cross in her typical lumpy teenage angst.

Maybe next I'll try a Marceline!

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Adventure Time Hat! on: November 06, 2010 10:43:15 AM
I'm a pretty big fan of the show Adventure time! I guess this could go in costumes, but I made this hat with the intentions of wearing it pretty regularly, not as a costume.

It's made out of off-white polar fleece I found on sale for dirt cheep due to small imperfections, which I could cut around. The pattern I used is from the Adventure Time blog, here


After looking at the pattern and my head, I decided I wanted it to be two layers of polar fleece thick (So I can wear it in the Ice Kingdom!) and added an extra quarter inch seam allow for this. sides of the hat and ears I was able to sew on my sewing machine, but when I got to sewing on the ears and the top part of the hat (4 to 6 layers of fleece), my sewing machine refused! Luckily, this part of the hat wasn't a whole lot to get done, and I just stitched it up by hand.

I like it with the flaps open, but for a more "true to character" Finn's Hat you could add velcro on the ear flaps in order to close it under the chin.

Even if you aren't an Adventure Time Fan, there's a lot of fun stuff you can do with this pattern! I plan on making a grey one with mouse ears for my room mate!

26  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: El Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) decorations on: September 19, 2010 03:43:47 PM
Thank you! The coffin was fun to make and actually houses two small sugar skulls painted to resemble Frieda and Dali!

The easiest thing to do for making the paper cut outs is to fold it in half, imagine half a skull, and start cutting!
27  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: OoT Link Costume on: September 19, 2010 03:41:41 PM
Such a bummer, I know! Hopefully I'll get a new camera soon.
28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My Tween Girl Mad Hatter Costume on: September 19, 2010 03:40:58 PM
I would have been so ecstatic to have a costume like that at her age! Both of them look so cute in their costumes!
29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Victorian Bustle, 1880s, Cream & Black on: September 19, 2010 03:39:23 PM
Did you have a pattern for this or create it yourself?

Its simply stunning!
30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / El Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) decorations on: September 17, 2010 05:00:42 PM
El dia de muertos is one of my favorite holidays. In fact, my three favorite holidays are three days in a row. Devil's Night is on the 30th, (Those of you from Detroit know what I mean. I don't personally burn anything down, but I can understand the mentality about it) Halloween is on the 31st, and el dia de muertos is on the 1st.

Now to the decorations!
El dia de muertos is a form of All Saint's Day that is celebrated in some parts of Mexico. Papermache skeletons, sugar skulls, paper cut outs, and religious candle are every where. Its generally a day spent in respect for your dead loved one. The skeletons and monsters of el dia de muertos are friendly, rather than scary as on Halloween. It is common for families to set up alters to those they love who have passed on, and often leave out the person's favorite food, flowers, etc.

Here are some of the things I have made! Because I am a newer member of Craftster, I can't post photos directly here yet, but here are the links!

My alter made of cardboard and construction paper for Salvador Dali and Freida!

Skulls made out of foam core!

A tiny coffin I made out of paper, masking tape and cardboard

I have sugar skulls as well but no photos of the, but I am making a new batch this year so I will post photos of them!
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